Solar scam: Finally justice is served, says Saritha

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In a setback to the Congress in Kerala, the LDF government on Wednesday ordered a series of inquiries, including vigilance inquiry, against former chief minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues and other party leaders for their involvement in the solar scam.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered an investigation against his predecessor Oommen Chandy, saying the judicial commission report on the Solar Scam shows enough evidence of corruption by the former Chief Minister and his personal staff.

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that he was not anxious about the solar commission report as he had not done anything wrong.

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Con-couple Saritha Nair and Biju Radhakrishnan had allegedly duped several businessmen of crores of rupees by promising solar panels at cheap rates. The commission also found that Chandy's close aide and previous home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan misused his powers to help save Chandy, Vijayan added, for which he too will be prosecuted under criminal charges by a special vigilance team. Saritha Nair had alleged that she was sexually assaulted and raped by a number of leaders including KC Venugopal, Hibi Eden, AP Abdullakutty and AP Anil Kumar.

Cases will be also registered against top Congress leaders including former legislator Benny Behnan, apart from high-ranking police officers and office bearers of the state police association of the time, said Vijayan.

"The 1,723-page report in four volumes was handed over to the Advocate General and Director General of prosecution for their legal opinion". The commission also hinted that the sexual allegations made by Saritha S Nair were found to be true, recommending action against the people who were mentioned in Saritha's letter.

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Reacting to the development, Chandy said it would be dealt with legally and not the way the CPI-M did it when cases were registered against them. The two women were used by the firm to create political contacts with links even to the Chief Minister's office. I know I have done no wrong.

An elated Saritha said she was given given justice, though delayed, by the government.

Under pressure from the opposition, the Chandy government had appointed the retired Kerala high court judge as the one-member commission to probe the scam on October 23, 2013.

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